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Holland & Belgium Bike Tour
Holland & Belgium Bike Tour

"A Dutchman without a bike is like a fish without water" so the saying goes. In Holland, with nearly one bicycle for every person, everyone rides - even the king and queen. And in bike-crazy Belgium, home of cycling great Eddie Merckx, passion for le vélo is legendary. You'll find it in the pastoral flat-as-a-pannekoek landscape, amid the flower fields and silent canals. And in the bustling cities and storybook villages. You'll even find it post-ride - whether in the form of a fine Belgian Lambic or a pot of steamed mussels. Come bike with us in Holland and Belgium. And feel the love.


Straight Talk
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.

Navigating Bike Paths

The Dutch & Belgians are famous for their love of bikes. And that love of bikes has created an amazing labyrinth of bike paths and routes that extend throughout each country. Many of the paths we utilize on this trip are the equivalent of scenic byways, linking quaint villages and big cities alike. Navigating these intricate bike routes requires more attention to the directions than you might expect. Be prepared to make more stops than you usually would to ensure you're on the right track, all the while experiencing the occasional rush of riding among many locals as they commute and run errands by bike.

Days 1-2 Timeless scenery straight out of a Dutch masterpiece Begin with a leisurely ride from Alkmaar to Santpoort, located on the edge of a scenic coastal forest Savor traditional pannenkoeken (pancakes) by day and Michelin-starred cuisine by night  In the spring, admire the vibrant floral designs at Keukenhof, the world's largest flower garden Pedal past forests and windmills on your way to Holland’s charming coast  Emerald-green fields and horse farms lead the way to The Hague, our home for the next two nights.

Day 3 Bike through hamlets and countryside to Gouda, where the beloved cheese originates  Delight in a visit to the World Heritage site of Kinderdijk, known for its 19 windmills once used to drain the surrounding floodplain  Taste a wedge of distinctive Gouda - or perhaps a slice of appeltaart? Biking is a way of life in the Netherlands, and it's a pleasure to join the locals as you cruise through the region, passing dikes and quaint villages.

Days 4-6 Uncover the captivating history and culture of two countries in a single trip  Bike over the border - welcome to Belgium! It's a scenic spin to romantic Bruges - nearly car-free and ideal for exploring on foot Discover the nooks and crannies of this stunningly preserved medieval city of narrow cobblestone streets, steep-gabled brick houses, lofty spires and meandering canals  If you're overwhelmed by the bier choices in Belgium, try Zot, which has the distinction of being the only beer brewed in Bruges - it's also regarded as one of Belgium's finest - Prost! Pedal to the Flemish village of Diksmuide, once the heart of Belgian resistance in World War I  Enjoy a final spin through charming Oostkerke, considered one of the most beautiful villages in Flanders.


Trip Highlights
  • Uncover the captivating history and culture of two countries in a single trip
  • Windmills, canals, pitch-roofed farmhouses and vast skies - scenery straight out of a Dutch masterpiece
  • A welcoming bike culture of epic proportions
  • Luxuriate in hotels reminiscent of the 17th-century Golden Age
  • "Beauty lies in the hands of the beer holder" - sample Belgium's national treasure
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Premiere Inns

Landgoed Duin & Kruidberg (1 night): A historic country estate situated within a national park and featuring a Michelin-starred restaurant.

Hotel des Indes (2 nights): Built in 1858 to host aristocrats and heads of state, this opulent former palace is set on the shady Lange Voorhout among the cafés, restaurants and shops of the historic city center. (pool, spa)

Hotel De Tuilerieën (2 nights): An elegant hotel - originally a 15th-century noble residence - overlooking Den Dyver, the most picturesque canal in Bruges. A Small Luxury Hotels of the World member. (pool)


Routes For All Abilities

Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next-and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.

Daily Route Options
Day EASYGOING ACTIVE AVID
Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4 Level 5
miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain miles feet gain
1 7 0 23 50
2 12* 50 23 100 42 100
3 15 0 28* 50 48* 50
4 15* 0 26* 0
5 21* 50 65 0
28* 50
6 12 0
 
note:

* Includes a shuttle


2015 Dates & Pricing*

CLASSIC TRIPS
  • 4/5-10 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 4/12-17 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 4/19-24 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 4/26-5/1 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/3-8 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/10-15 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/17-22 Price: $4298 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/24-29 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 5/31-6/5 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/14-19 Price: $4498 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/21-26 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 6/28-7/3 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/5-10 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/12-17 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/19-24 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 7/26-31 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/2-7 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/9-14 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/16-21 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 8/30-9/4 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/6-11 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/13-18 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/20-25 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)
  • 9/27-10/2 Price: $4098 pp dbl. occ., (+ $1110 for sgl. occ.)

*Prices may change. Once you book your trip, your price is guaranteed.

Private Trips Options & Pricing

Pricing for Private Trips (prices may vary based on departure date)

2015

2 - 3 guests from $7,398 pp dbl. occ. 8 - 9 guests from $5,198 pp dbl. occ.
4 - 5 guests from $6,198 pp dbl. occ. 10 - 11 guests from $4,398 pp dbl. occ.
6 - 7 guests from $5,498 pp dbl. occ. 12 or more guests from $4,098 pp dbl. occ.


Guest Trip Reviews

This is a great place for a Backroads trip, with easy, flat riding and interesting things to see and learn.
Kenneth Wilkins - New Bern, NC

We were just super-impressed at the detailed planning that had obviously gone into this trip. You and the guides had thought of everything. Also the flexibility of biking options - especially as we had some wet and windy weather - was outstanding.
Jean Gagnon - Unionville, ON

Backroads once again exceeded expectations. The quality of trip leaders and support staff is superb, which is a testament to the selection and training process. Food is always a highlight of our Backroads trips, and this trip was no exception - the best meal is ALWAYS the Backroads-prepared lunch! And our fellow riders are always people I'm delighted to share my vacation with. We'll be back again!
Ruth Haile - Manhattan Beach, CA